COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information (City Closures/Cancellations/Helpful Links)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information (City Closures/Cancellations/Helpful Links)

The health and welfare of our citizens is of the utmost priority for the City of New Port Richey.  The City has been closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disease and is taking steps to implement protocols suggested by state and federal agencies. The City’s leaders are working closely with Pasco County Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC to monitor the situation locally.

 

On May 18, 2020 Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-123 which outlines full Phase I of reopening Florida’s economy. Restaurants and non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity effective Monday, May 18, 2020. Outdoor seating for restaurants will be allowed as long as social distancing standards are adhered to. Should any of our businesses need assistance with determining their specific 50% maximum occupancy to operate within the parameters set forth by Executive Order 20-123, please call Fire Administration at 727 853-1032 and we will be happy to assist you.

 

On May 13, 2020 City Manager Debbie L. Manns signed two Administrative Development Orders which will permit restaurants and retail shops to expand their outdoor seating and display areas in response to the Governor’s Phase I Plan to reopen Florida’s economy. The Administrative Development Orders will provide a path toward improving business operations, while maintaining a priority focus on core safety tenants by allowing parking spaces and other private areas of an establishment’s property to be used by restaurants for additional seating and by retail shops for additional display areas. ADO 2020-CM-01 pertains to Restaurant Recovery – Phase 1 and ADO 2020-CM-02 pertains to retail sales establishments. Businesses are not required to file a development order or permit application for expanded outdoor use, provided that they comply with all conditions enumerated in the Administrative Development Orders. For more information, please contact the Development Department at (727) 853-1047.

 

City Council Meetings/Work Sessions

Due to the Novel Coronavirus, the City Council will be conducting its meetings through the use of Communications Media Technology (CMT) until further notice. The City Council chamber will NOT be open to the public for these meetings. Members of the City Council, City staff, or presenters at the meeting may appear at these meetings through the use of CMT and may not be present in the City Council chamber.

The City Council is committed to protecting the public’s right to observe and participate in these meetings to the greatest extent possible, without jeopardizing the public health. All members of the public are encouraged to visit the City’s website in advance of a scheduled City Council meeting. There, you will find an agenda for the meeting, along with back-up documentation for various agenda items. You will be able to submit public comments or questions on any item. You are encouraged to submit all of your comments in advance of the meeting, since opportunities during the meeting may be substantially limited.

The City Council has established the following access points for viewing the City Council meetings:

Online – click here

Spectrum – Channel 644

Verizon FiOS – Channel 20

During the meeting, comments may be emailed to MeyersJ@cityofnewportrichey.org or you may call 1 (872) 240-3412, access code: 606-759-949. Please keep in mind that access to the meeting by phone may be limited and email access may be delayed. By waiting until the meeting to make a comment, you may not be able to participate in the meeting. The City Council reserves the right to proceed on any item whether public communications are delayed or otherwise obstructed.

Your City Council greatly appreciates your patience through this challenging time in our national history. As always, the safety of the great citizens of our beautiful City is our number one priority.

City Hall Services

Public access is allowed only to the following departments until further notice:

Billing & Collections – to establish new water service

Development Department – dropping off development plans or picking up permits

Economic Development – grant paperwork may be dropped off through the drive-up window

Paper unemployment forms, tax booklets and forms are available through the drive-up window

***All water payments must be made at the drive-up window or through the payment drop box. ***

Library

The Library will reopen to the public with limited service on Friday, May 22nd.  The Library’s new hours will be Monday- Friday 10 am to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.   The Library will be closed each day from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for cleaning and sanitizing.  Occupancy and time limits will be limited,  face coverings and social distancing are required, and computer use is by appointment.  No donations are being accepted and meeting rooms are unavailable until further notice. Library collections are open to limited browsing, and the youth areas will remain closed to the public at this time.  The Library Express Lockers, book drop, and personal shopper services are available, along with a wealth of virtual resources available 24 hours a day free with your current Library card or virtual eCard. All due dates of borrowed materials were extended to June 9 and no overdue fines have accrued during the closure.  All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before available for use again.   For more information about your account or questions about library services and resources, please call (727)853-1279.

Recreation & Aquatic Center

The lap and plunge pools will reopen for lap swimming on Friday, May 15th by reservation only. Swimmers must call (727) 841-4560 to make their reservation. The lap and plunge pools will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. at the following times:

  • 8:30-10:00am (Lap Swim)
  • 10:00-10:15am (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 10:15am-11:45pm (Lap Swim)
  • 11:45-12:00pm (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 12:00-1:30pm (Lap Swim)
  • 1:30-1:45pm (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 1:45-3:15pm (Lap Swim)
  • 3:15-3:30pm (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 3:30-5:00 (Lap Swim)
  • 5:00-5:15pm (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 5:15-6:45pm (Lap Swim)
  • 6:45-7:00 (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • Saturday and Sundays:
  • 10:00-11:30am (Lap Swim)
  • 11:30-11:45am (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 11:45am-1:15pm (Lap Swim)
  • 1:15-1:30pm (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 1:30-3:00pm (Lap Swim)
  • 3:00-3:15pm (Cleaning/sanitizing)
  • 3:15-4:45pm (Lap Swim)
  • 4:45-5:00pm (Cleaning/sanitizing)

The fitness center at the Recreation & Aquatic Center will reopen on Wednesday, May 20th by reservation only with the following provisions:

  • The Fitness Center will operate at 50% capacity.
  • The members only exterior door will not be available for use.
  • Patrons will have their temperature taken before entry to the facility.
  • Patrons will sanitize their hands before entering the facility.
  • Patrons will be required to sanitize each piece of equipment before and after use.
  • Social distancing of six feet will be required.
  • Equipment will be taken out of use in order to maintain social distancing. Example: Only every other treadmill will be available for use.
  • An employee will work in the Fitness Center during all operating hours to enforce the rules.
  • Patrons will register in advance for an hour workout time.
  • After each hour workout session, the Fitness Center will be closed for 15 minutes so that staff can sanitize all equipment.
  • Patrons will only have access to the Fitness Center and the restroom in the Fitness Center, but not the main locker rooms and showers.
  • The water bottle refill station in the Fitness Center will be available for use, but not the regular water fountain.

The fitness center will be open Monday through Friday from 6AM-8PM and Saturday & Sunday from 10AM-5PM. To make a workout reservation, please contact the Recreation & Aquatic Center at (727) 841-4560.

The kiddie and dive pools will remain closed at this time.

The tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts and skate park are open to the public.

Police and Fire Departments

Police Department building will reopen to the public on Monday, May 18th. The Fire Stations will remain closed to the public until further notice.

All residential rental inspections are suspended until further notice.

City Parks and Facilities 

All city playgrounds, park bathrooms and the splash pad are closed until further notice. All other areas in the city parks are open to the public at this time.

All reservations for Peace Hall and picnic shelters are suspended until further notice. Please call (727) 841-4560 for further information.

Public Works Facilities

The Public Works Operation Center, fleet garage, water plant and wastewater treatment plant are closed to the public until further notice. Please call (727) 841-4536 for further information.

Brush/debris pickup will continue at its regular scheduled at this time. For the map of pickup zones, please click here.

As a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) there has been a big increase in the number of people using wipes. Even wipes labeled as flushable can clog up the sewer system pumps and cause a backup into your home. Should the clog occur between your home and the City’s pipe, it is the responsibility of the homeowner for the repair. For EPA guidelines on what can safely be flushed down your toilet, click here.

City Boards and Committee Meetings

All City board and committee meetings are postponed until further notice.

All closings/cancellations will be updated accordingly.

 

For Pasco County information including county services, bus transportation, etc. click here.

Click here for President Trump’s updated Coronavirus guidelines.

Click here for a list of questions and answers from Tampa Bay Water regarding COVID-19 and our water supply.

We encourage all members of the public to:

  • Practice good hygiene including washing hands frequently and routine environmental cleaning
  • Limit social groups to a total of 10 or less people
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines by remaining at least six feet from others
  • Stay home if you are ill

Our community’s health is very important to us.   Please check the links below frequently, for the most up-to-date information.